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Kanem, Koenoem in Nigeria

Kanem, Koenoem

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,200 Koenoem Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 5.67 % No No   

Kanem, Koenoem in Nigeria

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Introduction / History
The Koenoem live in about 33 villages in Mikang Local Govern-ment Area in Plateau State, Nigeria. The paramount title holder of the people is called Long Koenoem. He is located in Lifidi, the central town. They estimated their population at 15,000.
They trace their origin from the old Kwararafa kingdom, where their ancestors began to migrate, through Maiduguri and Garram to their present location.The neighbours of the Koenoem are Tal, Piapung, Mupun, Ngas, a Kofyar dialect Mernyang, Tarok, Gomai, Jakattoe and Miship speakers.

They are farmers and hunters. They grow rice, yams, sorghum (guinea corn), millet, maize, beans, and groundnuts. Their main crops are: rice, millet and sorghum.

The Koenoem celebrate an annual festival called Moestai. The celebration begins with a hunting expedition. Then people from all their various locations come to Lifidi, to meet with the paramount chief. They showcase their various cultural heritages and special dances. The Npa (attire made from goat skin) is worn, and nkab, nguk and ngwenaan are special delicacies that are served at the occasion.

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Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Plateau state: Shendam LGA.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kanem, Koenoem
People Name General: Kanem, Koenoem
ROP3 Code: 105079
Joshua Project People ID: 12735
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,200
Population all Countries: 3,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Chadic
People Name General: Kanem, Koenoem
Ethnic Code: NAB60b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Koenoem (3,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kcs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity35.00 %(Evangelical: 5.67 %)
Ethnic Religions55.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Kanem, Koenoem in Nigeria

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      Kanem, Koenoem Nigeria    
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